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Design & Technology

KS3 Design & Technology

In KS3 all students will follow a rotational course across 4 modules of Design & Technology and 2 modules of Art & Design. Students will spend approximently 6 weeks on each module for an average time span of 3 hours a week.

Year 7

Projects for the current academic year in Design & Technology are outlined below

 Cooking and Nutrition

We will work on a design brief which asks students to design and make food products suitable for the school canteen.  The project allows students to acquire the knowledge necessary for safe and hygienic working when preparing food. They will also develop the practical skills required to prepare fruit & vegetables for making healthy food products. Knowledge of the ‘Eatwell Plate’ and its relevance to a healthy lifestyle is an important aspect of the course.

Resistant Materials 1

The ‘First Look at Plastics’ project introduces the students to acrylic and its characteristics.  Through their own focused practical task, students will practice their newly learnt skills of using hand tools and then hone these skills in a final piece which they design and make for themselves. In this project, students will understand how hand processes compare to the use of Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture.

By analysing their work at a variety of stages during the project students have time to reflect on their progress. They are always successful and have pride in their achievements.

Resistant Materials 2

In the Totem Pole Project students will be introduced to the very important subject of health and safety in the workshop. They will learn how to manipulate a range of hand tools whilst shaping and joining the components of their Totem pole. They will look at different aspects of the design process including design brief, design specification and creating design ideas.

Year 8

Projects for the current academic year in Design & Technology are outlined below

 Cooking and Nutrition

We will work on a design brief which asks students, working in teams, to design and make healthier snack products. Students will continue to develop their practical skills but an important aspect of this project is good teamwork as students must co-operate together to design and make quality snack products effectively. The importance of good food hygiene is a key aspect of this course.

Resistant Materials 1

In the ‘Designing for Others’ project the students have to design and make a mirror for their chosen client.  Designing products for others is quite challenging. Using a client survey and an analysis of results the students design and make bespoke products.

Drawing upon the practical knowledge acquired in Yr 7 students build on their confidence in the workshops when using hand tools and new machinery. They also learn about how industry uses scale drawings and cutting lists and have to manage to plan their own work in the time given.

Resistant Materials 2

The Acrylic Clock project introduces the students to CAD and CAM. (computer aided design & computer aided manufacture). They will develop designs for the clock using drawing software called ‘Techsoft 2D Design.’ These designs will then be manufactured using our Laser cutter. Pupils will also make prototypes and develop the evaluation skills which are important for all D&T projects.

Year 9

Projects for the current academic year in Design & Technology are outlined below

Cooking and Nutrition

During this course the pupils learn about typical foods eaten by teenagers around the world whilst cooking a selection of dishes. This allows for discussions about cultures, food miles and the nutrients required by teenagers. They use CAD in the production of a food label for one of their dishes made and suggest healthier improvements. Another comparison food label is made, allowing plenty of opportunity for numeracy and literacy skills to be developed as they explain the differences. Pupils are rewarded with a great sense of achievement as they present their high quality dishes, which require a variety of skills and creativity. The intention is to encourage the pupils to further this life skill with enjoyment.

Resistant Materials 1

The Using Recycled Materials project enables students to think more environmentally about the production and use of materials.  Sourcing many of the materials themselves allows students to make very creative and highly individual designs.

Through the production of an orthographic drawing, students are able to create their own cutting list. Work focuses on how to assemble different materials and how to fit in existing components to their work. The end result is a functional bird feeder which can be enjoyed by all.

Resistant Materials 2

In the Executive Toy project students will get the opportunity to use a wide range of engineering machinery including a centre lathe, vertical miller and pillar drill. Building on the work covered in Yr 8 they will further increase their CAD skills using ‘Techsoft 2D Design’ to develop designs for the acrylic aspect of their project. A high degree of accuracy is necessary to achieve a successful outcome.

KS4 Design & Technology

In the spring term of Year 9, students will be asked to select the subjects they wish to study at KS4. GCSE courses in Design & Technology all have a coursework element of 60% and a final written exam of 40%. The courses available at Mullion School are outlined below

GCSE Food Technology

This course allows students to design and make quality food products to meet a specific need. During Year 10 pupils extend their designing and making skills through a series of mini projects based on main meal products, pastries, cake making and desserts. In addition students may undertake a special project often involving a national competition. Past pupils have had considerable success in such competitions.

The skills developed in Year 10 are then used throughout Year 11 when students will work independently to design & make a unique food product to suit the requirements of a board set assignment. Coursework will consist of a series of assessed practical sessions and a supporting design work portfolio. The final exam is taken in the summer term of Year 11.

GCSE Resistant Materials

The Year 10 the GCSE course allows students to acquire the many different practical skills that Mullion School has to offer.  The year is based on learning new skills such as using hand power tools, welding, brazing, plastic dip coating, vacuum forming, pewter casting and enamelling.

In Year 11 students work continuously on their individual controlled assignments and have to put into practice all that they have learnt over the past 4 years. The students follow a design brief in which they design and make a fully functioning product. This year is a real test to see if the students are capable of working independently and creatively. The final written exam is taken in the summer term of Year 11.

In addition to the suite of Design & Technology courses, a GCSE Catering course is offered for students interested in a possible career in the hospitality industry.

GCSE Catering

In Year 10 the course will consist of a series of practical based lessons where students will develop their practical ability and capability in the kitchen. Assignment 1 will test student’s ability to prepare a series of dishes based on food commodities e.g. dairy foods, cereal foods.

In Year 11 the course continues to develop a range of practical skills but Assignment 2 will test the student’s ability to produce a complete meal with all the accompaniments to a set board set task. In addition there is a written exam worth 40% of the final assessment, taken in the summer term in Year 11.